kill is a UNIX/Linux command to signal a process, by default with a signal to terminate the process. It can also be used to force a process to quit immediately without cleanly exiting or to tell a process to take some action (e.g. to signal a httpd to reread its configuration without restarting).

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Cannot end Windows 7 process, even tried pskill

I am having a problem where processes are hanging and absolutely refuse to die. I have tried using the task manager and pskill from the console (with admin rights) and while the program will state ...
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Kill window or application just like linux do

Is there any way to kill or force closed a particular hanging window or hanging application by selecting it with some hotkey? Similar to Ctrl+Alt+Esc and select window in Ubuntu? (I may be ...
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“Access denied” when trying to end a process on Windows 8

I get "Access denied" when trying to end a process on Windows 8. From Kill process (windows 8) issues on Stack Overflow, I've read: The process may have a thread active in kernel mode that is not ...
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After-the-fact remote nohup with tcsh

I have a tcsh instance in an xterm that is running a long-term (weeks?) process. The Xvnc server it's running under went out in the weeds; it's consuming 100% CPU and is unresponsive. (This is a ...
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Shortcut to kill an application

Labview (a programming language) has this nasty habit of hanging after an error while executing and our programmer always goes to task manager to manually kill it. Now I think as a Super User he ...
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how to kill process in Mac OS X and not have it restart on its own

When I run sudo kill -9 [PID] with the proper process ID, the process stops but then is restarted and has a new PID. I'm trying to kill the mysqld process. How can I mimic the Activity Monitor in ...
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Bash Man Page: kill <pid> vs kill -9 <pid>

My man page does not document the difference between kill <pid> and kill -9 <pid> Since these do different things why is the -9 not documented in the kill manpage? I thought maybe ...
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How to monitor and kill a process automatically on windows by process name

Is there a program or utility to monitor the running process and automatically kill specific processes? My work laptop has a whole bunch of useless crap that I cannot uninstall. Some of these ...
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Unexpected killall behavior

From my understanding of killall name is that it looks up all processes which name is name. So killall killall should lookup and kill itself, so I expected no output. So I'm curious: Why does it look ...
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How do you find the parent process of a zombie process?

How do you find the parent process of zombie processes? When the child process is something where the parent is not entirely obvious... Is there some way to list processes in tree format or ...
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Why sometimes Windows cannot kill a process?

Right now I'm trying to Run/Debug my application in Visual Studio, but it cannot create it because the last instance of the app.vshost.exe is still running. Then, by using the Task Manager I'm trying ...
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How to kill a process started with a different user without being root or sudoer?

in a Linux environment, I need to kill a process which has been started by user2 if I am user1 without being sudoers or using root. Do you know if there is a way of setting that when launching the ...
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How to stop a process in Terminal [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ending a process in unix instead of interrupting it When I task in Terminal, such as ping blah.com, how do I then stop this task (other than closing the Terminal window. ...
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Kill a process with a specific “Command Line” from command line

(Feel free to edit the title if you can think of something better) Is there a command line utility that kills all processes with a specific command line? E.g. kill all processes named "java.exe" with ...
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How to stop a bat process on Windows?

I have BAT file running in background on Windows which lasts about ten minutes. Now I want to stop it while it's running, but I can't find its name in the process-list in the task manager. So how can ...
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kill -9 programs but they still hang on

I tried to kill all my background jobs submit earlier under KUbuntu by kill -9 $(jobs -p) Although this command immediately gave the message like [1] Killed myjob1 [2] Killed ...
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Have local admin privileges on Windows XP, but getting “Error terminating process: Access is denied”. How to kill the process?

On one of the Windows XP machines I use regularly, there is a process that starts up periodically. I'd like to be able to kill the process – sometimes – because it occasionally runs when ...
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How to overcome Access Denied when killing process in Windows? [duplicate]

How to kill process which does not want to? I have Access Denied message when trying to kill the process. I know it can be due to device driver waiting and probably this is the reason. But my ...
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Good, lightweight GUI-based process monitor for Linux

I'd like a snappy GUI-based (I insist since people still want to propose console-based) application that can show me running processes and allow me to kill them, on Linux. It doesn't need to be as ...